The British actor David (‘Dave’) Prowse is dead. He died on Saturday 28. November after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said, according to BBC. Prowse was most notably known for his portrayal of the character of Darth Vader in the original movie trilogy "Star Wars" world famous.
"May the force always be with him"
According to the BBC report, his agent said in the spirit of the Jedi Order from the Star Wars films: "May the Force always be with him!" ("May the force be with him, always!"). Born in Bristol, Prowse was not only an actor, but also a bodybuilder and weightlifter, and worked as a fitness trainer. In this function he prepared for example the Superman actor Christopher Reeve for his strenuous role.
Not least because of his impressive physical appearance (body size 1.98 m), he was eventually cast in the role of the Bosewight and Sith Lord Darth Vader. Darth Vader is in the famous film series on the dark side of the force and is the opponent of the hero Luke Skywalker. In the fight scenes of Darth Vader Prowse was replaced by fencer Bob Anderson.
However, the voice was subsequently lent to the character by the actor James Earl Jones. Prowse had originally auditioned for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca when it came to casting for the first "Stars Wars"-film of 1977 ("Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope"). The role of Chewbacca was eventually taken by Peter Mayhew, who died last year.
"Although he is famous for having played many monsters – to me and all who knew and worked with Dave, he was a hero in our lives," Bowington wrote", Bowington continued. Prowse starred in his 1967 film debut, the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale", Frankenstein’s monster. In 1971, he appeared as a bodyguard in Stanley Kubrik’s "A Clockwork Orange" with. In this role, Star Wars director and writer George Lucas discovered him and invited him to audition.
Mark Hamill, actor of Luke Skywalker, expressed his dismay on Twitter about the death of his colleague at the time.
"No, I am your father!"
By the way, the probably most famous movie quote from the mouth of Darth Vader is often misrepresented. In the second part of the first trilogy – episode five – he reveals his true identity to Luke Skywalker, who does not want to admit it: "No, I am your father!" (and not "Luke, I am your father").